Roger Goodell has committed to making the league safer for players everywhere. In response, players are getting injured, everywhere. Injuries are definitely the story of this week, and this season. Marshawn Lynch's season may be over. Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett? Done for the year. There are still some big players to target to fill in holes left by injury, and that can help you. Before the season started, I recommended Thomas Rawls as a lottery pick at the tail end of a draft. If he's on your team right now, he may take Marshawn Lynch's workload for the rest of the season, and could win your league for you. If he's available in your league, add him NOW, then finish reading this post. Here are my picks for week 12.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston had a really nice game for the Bucs in week 11. While he's still inconsistent, last week's game was extremely promising. He's still going to be inconsistent, but if things are finally clicking, he could put up some nice numbers down the stretch.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Denver Broncos. I talked up Osweiler here last week, and he had a decent week. He's starting again this week against the Patriots, and the Broncos could need to pass a lot against Brady & Company. That spells a potentially productive week for Osweiler. With Manning struggling with injury issues, Osweiler could be more than a one week fill in for your team.
THOMAS RAWLS, RB, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. Do you like to win fantasy matchups? Do you want the #1 RB in one of the top running offenses in the league? Do you want a guy that is replacing Marshawn Lynch, potentially for the season, and looking like Marshawn Lynch? Then get Rawls on your roster, now. I locked him up in a dynasty league for 5 years (1 mil a year for 5 years on a 200 mil a year budget) and got picked on for it in the preseason (no Christine Michael or Robert Turbin?). Now, he's replacing Lynch potentially for the year, and maybe longer. In training camp, Pete Carroll described Rawls as Lynch 2.0. Turns out he was right. Go get him if he's available in your leagues. Now.
Jarvoris Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens. Allen will be the starting running back in Baltimore for the season unless the Ravens do something drastic to replace him following Forsett's season-ending injury. He's not as good as Rawls, but should see a nice volume of carries down the stretch given the lack of healthy players on Baltimore's roster. He's another guy to snag now if you need help at running back.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis Colts. This is more of a "wait and see" type of pickup. He's gaining looks and had a really nice game this week. Also, starting runnning back Frank Gore is dinged up, so Bradshaw could see plenty of looks this week. Give him a shot if help is needed and Rawls and Allen are unavailable.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons. Now that the NFL has worked so hard to eliminate concussions, Devonta Freeman left Sunday's game....with a concussion. He may or may not clear the concussion protocol this week, but if he doesn't, this is Coleman's backfield for the week. Remember that Coleman was a high draft pick and a player who the Falcons could trust in the event that Freeman were to miss time.
Robert Turbin, RB, Dallas Cowboys. Are you looking for a big gamble that could pay huge dividends if the pieces fall correctly? Do you expect Darren McFadden to get injured at some point this season, given the huge number of injuries already? Then take a gamble on Cowboys running back Robert Turbin. I hate to say a player is injury-prone, but McFadden has been injured nearly every season of his NFL career. He could miss time at some point this year, making Turbin worth a bench spot on your roster.
Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs. Ware had a great game after backup Charcandrick West went down to injury. West is day-to-day, but is dealing with a hamstring issue, which can be a tough injury for running backs. He could miss time this week, and if he does, Ware will fill the void.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers. Funchess is finally starting to look good in the Carolina offense, and could generate some nice production moving forward. If you need help at WR, him or Ted Ginn are likely your best options on the waiver wire, unless your league has many foolish managers. Plan accordingly.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks. Lockett had a nice game this week, and may finally be coming up to speed. It generally takes a while for receivers to transition into an NFL offense, but if Lockett is finding his stride, you want him on your team if you have any question marks at the position. Give him a long look this week.
Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers. Ginn has been consistently decent all season long, especially in ppr formats. Funchess picking up looks might hurt his production a bit, but he should still be a decent flex play moving forward, especially if you're dealing with injuries at the position.
JJ Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals. Did anyone else see the breakout performance Nelson had against Cincinnati? He might lose some looks this week if Michael Floyd returns, but if not, he could have another big game for the Cardinals. Even if Floyd does return, he's worth grabbing just in case he's finally clicking.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans. Some time this season, I expect Green-Beckham to break out in a big way. When he does, let it be on your roster. If your team is solid as a whole and you have room to take a gamble in your lineup on someone who might put up a dud, grab Green-Beckham. He got me 7 points this week in a PPR league, which at least is decent, but has the upside to deliver big numbers some time soon.
Brian Hartline, WR, Cleveland Browns. Need a WR in a PPR league? Does everyone in your league buy into the idea that there are no good receivers in Cleveland? Hartline is putting up nice numbers, especially in PPR formats, as he always has. He won't put up huge numbers, but he'll give you consistently decent numbers at least. If you're looking for a flex or #3/#4 option, Hartline is for you.
Crockett Gillmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens. The Baltimore offense has more injuries than a MASH unit, and Gillmore has been steady and consistent throughout the season Matt Schaub loves throwing to tight ends, so Gillmore could become a strong fantasy option down the stretch.
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles. Maybe it's Sanchez. Maybe Celek has changed his approach in practice. Maybe it's something different. But Celek has looked like the Celek of old the past two weeks, and could continue that streak this week. He's well worth an add if needed.
Cleveland Browns D/ST. This week, the Browns face the Baltimore Ravens, who do not have an offense. The Ravens have lost their #1 QB, RB, and WR for the season thanks to injury. Their former #1 TE, Dennis Pitta, is also missing the year due to injuries. Expect the Browns defense to feast this week.
Detroit Lions D/ST. The Lions slowed down the Raiders last week, and could do well against an anemic Philadelphia offense. Philly's offense is in decline this season, and the Lions defense is on the rise. This could be a good matchup for this unit.
Hope this helps, and happy streaming! Stay healthy this week and have a happy Thanksgiving!
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